Use of union members’ dues questioned
The president and treasurer of the Bermuda Public Services Union declined to comment last night on an unattributed e-mail circulating ahead of tomorrow’s annual general meeting, questioning the union’s use of members’ dues.
Jason Hayward said that any matters of concern would be discussed at that gathering, which is set for 5.30pm at St Paul Centennial Hall.
The anonymous e-mail was acknowledged by Mr Hayward in an October 2 message to BPSU members, in which he encouraged dialogue on the issues raised along with “the many accomplishments and objectives of your union”.
“This is the first general meeting that the BPSU will have had in decades, and it exemplifies the executive and the general council’s commitment to bottom-up leadership,” Mr Hayward wrote, describing it as an example of the union’s good governance and transparency.
The meeting would give members insight into the union’s decisions, Mr Hayward said, as well as a venue to give their views and opinions on the union. It would also provide an occasion to present the BPSU’s 2014-15 annual report.
Among other issues, the e-mail accused Mr Hayward of taking extra pay for acting as treasurer and alleged that he had received a substantial salary increase within six months of assuming the role.